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Last Updated: July 28, 2021

Rules of Conduct, Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for joining the Commit to Connect Nationwide Network of Champions. To ensure the best possible experience for all champions, we established guidelines for participation in the network hub.

By joining the network and using the network hub, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. This is a central location to find resources from your peers and the Commit to Connect initiative. It’s also a place to connect with peers and ask questions, learn from their experiences, and participate in ongoing conversations.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these rules & guidelines. If there are questions about these guidelines or your platform account, use the Contact Us.

THE RULES OF CONDUCT

In order to preserve an environment that encourages civil dialogue aligned with the Commit to Connect vision and goals, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates the following rules of conduct.

  • Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Social isolation and loneliness are complex issues, so we want to foster a community where members are comfortable to ask questions, especially from newer champions and those just starting this work.
  • Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way. 
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
  • When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."
  • Keep your user ID and password confidential and do not allow any third party to access or use the site on your behalf.

Do not input or otherwise provide any Sensitive Personal Information to the site. “Sensitive Personal Information” is defined as (a) Social Security numbers; (b) passport numbers or other government issued ID numbers, date of birth and/or gender, except solely to the extent required by applicable regulations of the Department of Homeland Security or other government regulatory body; (c) health or medical information; (d) financial account information; (e) information that would require notification to government agencies, individuals or law enforcement if subject to unauthorized access, use or disclosure; (f) information that reveals racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, sex orientation or activities, or genetic or biometric data; or (g) other information which a reasonable person would recognize as being highly sensitive. “Sensitive Personal Information” does not include contact information such as name, mailing address, IP address, email address, and phone number.

DISCUSSION GROUP ETIQUETTE

The network hub is a place to connect with peers and ask questions, learn from their experiences, and participate in ongoing conversations. Please keep these etiquette guidelines in mind.

  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to find this information when searching the archives by subject.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

Terms of Service & Privacy

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Commit to Connect Nationwide Network of Champions, a cross-sector initiative coordinated by AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AARP Foundation or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AARP Foundation be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

You must abide by all applicable laws (including local, state, foreign and national laws, rules, and regulations) in your use of this site, including those related to data privacy and the transmission of technical or personal data and U.S. or international export embargoes, prohibitions, or restrictions.

Do not use this site to harvest e-mail addresses, send spam, duplicative, or unsolicited messages or other unsolicited communications. Do not post, send, or store any obscene, defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials, including material that may be harmful to children. Do not send or store material containing viruses, security vulnerabilities, worms, Trojan horses or other harmful or malicious computer code, files, scripts, agents, or programs. Do not attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any network associated with the site.  Do not infringe upon anyone’s privacy rights. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AARP Foundation and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

AARP Foundation does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the Commit to Connect Community Manager, we will take all appropriate action.

AARP Foundation reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

Any personal data you provide to us will be governed by the AARP Privacy Policy located at https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/privacy-policy/.